There is a short summary at the bottom for those who are in a rush. Hey everyone! I want to be very honest and transparent when I write this. I want to thank all of you on this forum ahead of time for taking a moment out of their busy lives to read my post. I could use all the help and advice out there. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these crazy times! I am in my mid twenties. I am currently living in south Florida (been here on and off for about two years now) but will be moving to New York about half an hour from the city in about a month or two once things calm down a bit more. Until I was laid off due to COVID19 I was a "permanent" substitute and a "permanent" aftercare tutor/counselor at a small local charter school. I was also tutoring and working with students on the side in addition to making a little bit of money online. I have worked from all grades anywhere from kindergarten to sixth grade. I love teaching very much. Due to uncertainty of when I would have been moving back to New York or possibly the D.C. Metro area I (foolishly) never became a full certified educator. I did take the Florida general knowledge teaching exam (the four sections) and passed it all the first time around though. But, that was the only test I ever took. I hold a two year degree in psychology and a four year degree in both psychology and criminal justice. Now though, I have confirmed that I will be able to move to New York sometime in the middle or late summer. I feel like my back is against the wall though. I currently don't have a job nor do I have one lined up in New York. I will be living with family. I will still be spending my own money from what I have saved up over the years to cover my own expenses. I want to understand the fastest way possible I could become a teacher in New York and I have been looking at perhaps teaching special education. I know it's not easy but I do believe in God (not going down a tangent I pinky promise) and I do in my heart feel like it is both rewarding and a blessing to teach those who have been born different. Unfortunately I feel very overwhelmed from what I am reading online. Could anyone give me guidance or advice on what direction I should be heading? I will be living in Yonkers New York. I don't want to come across like I am trying to jump to a high salary off the bat but it would be very good if I can land something at least $60k+ starting with room to grow. Please and thank you all! Much love! <3 Summary: I am in my mid twenties. I have a two year degree in psychology and a four year degree in both psychology and criminal justice. I have about two years of work experience subbing, after care counseling, and tutoring kids ages k-6 at a small local charter school in south Florida. I am going to be moving to Yonkers New York sometime in the summer to live with family. I want to become a special education teacher but I am not sure where to begin. My goal is to either get a degree or do a program or take a certification exam(s) and have it all completed in two years or less to obtain a starting salary of at least $60k+ with potential and room to grow.